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what was commonly used in the old west for cleaning their weapons. boiling water/ kerosene. any ideas
 
Posts: 43 | Registered: 22 April 2006Reply With Quote
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For military weapons, the TMs of the 19th century say to use water, one gill, warm if available, followed by sperm oil.
For weapons in the hands of civilians, I have never seen any period reference to it.
 
Posts: 13911 | Location: USA | Registered: 02 August 2009Reply With Quote
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In the British Army in WWII the rifle was pulled through (thats a type of old time Bore Snake) daily. Water on active service if none was available except in a man's water bottle was too precious for pouring down rifle barrels.
 
Posts: 6764 | Location: United Kingdom | Registered: 18 November 2007Reply With Quote
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Have read anecdotal reports of the old buffalo hunters urinating down their barrels.......hey, warm (mostly) water down the bore Whistling
 
Posts: 296 | Location: Colorado, USA | Registered: 13 April 2017Reply With Quote
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Probably what was available. We're spoiled now.

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Posts: 2086 | Location: Seattle Washington, USA | Registered: 19 January 2004Reply With Quote
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Redstone, I have read the very same thing. Easy to do, too, thanks to that handy fluid applicator!

Eeker hilbily


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Posts: 14084 | Location: Alamogordo, NM | Registered: 03 June 2000Reply With Quote
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Redstone, I have read the very same thing. Easy to do, too, thanks to that handy fluid applicator!

Eeker hilbily

and it came in various sizes too!
 
Posts: 1212 | Location: south of austin texas | Registered: 25 November 2011Reply With Quote
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Even today their is no better bore cleaner than hot soapy water with a boiling hot rinse..then oil the bore when dry and drying time is only a few minutes with hot boiling water and the metal is hot and "pores open" so they tell me...

The buffalo hunter pissed on the bores or barrels to cool them off not clean them, a bore could get pretty hot shoot buff by the hundreds at one stand.Can you imagine the smell of burning piss, its bad..


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Posts: 38051 | Location: Twin Falls, Idaho | Registered: 04 June 2000Reply With Quote
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Even today their is no better bore cleaner than hot soapy water with a boiling hot rinse..then oil the bore when dry and drying time is only a few minutes with hot boiling water and the metal is hot and "pores open" so they tell me...

That's how I clean my black powder rifles. Big Grin
 
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Originally posted by Bill/Oregon:
Redstone, I have read the very same thing. Easy to do, too, thanks to that handy fluid applicator!

Eeker hilbily


According to Karamojo Bell or was it J A Hunter, that handy applicator and fluid worked very well for flushing eyes of a spitting cobra's venom. The bush pygmies used it, the original pissing match no doubt. dancing
 
Posts: 2985 | Location: Nelson, New Zealand | Registered: 03 August 2009Reply With Quote
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A coffee can of hot scalding soapy water, stick the barrel down in the water and using a rod with a snug patch pull the water up and down in the boore and can and will it ever get gunky...patch dry and then do the same with clean scalding water to get the soap out of the bore, hot water dries almost immediately, and be carefull as the barrel gets hotter n hell, then run a dry patch a time or two and oil the bore, works great on black powder guns as well as smokeless powder and copper wash, it cleans it all..Its as good or better than any product, a whole lot cheaper and a whole lot more trouble also.. animal


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Atkinson Hunting Adventures
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208-731-4120

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Posts: 38051 | Location: Twin Falls, Idaho | Registered: 04 June 2000Reply With Quote
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Have read anecdotal reports of the old buffalo hunters urinating down their barrels.......hey, warm (mostly) water down the bore Whistling


Do you suppose some one was implying that the buff hunters were member of the"Needle Dick Bug Fugger"club?


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Posts: 5847 | Location: Richmond, Virginia | Registered: 17 September 2000Reply With Quote
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I wonder if any of the old buffalo hunters ever had accidental discharge while pissing down the barrel.
Boom... oops.
 
Posts: 2949 | Location: Kamloops, BC | Registered: 09 November 2015Reply With Quote
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No joke, if finned by a fish, piss on it---the finned part, not the fish, and you have instant relief. It works.
 
Posts: 3237 | Location: san angelo tx | Registered: 18 November 2009Reply With Quote
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No joke, if finned by a fish, piss on it---the finned part, not the fish, and you have instant relief. It works.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...gums%2C%20with%20one's%20own%20urine.
 
Posts: 141 | Registered: 09 January 2021Reply With Quote
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I would think peeing down the bore of a firearm to clean it would be about the worst thing you could do.
Urine contains urea, chloride and potassium ions. Highly corrosive. Why do you think public restrooms look like they do.
 
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